A high intake of carbohydrate-rich foods is linked with the severity of asthma exacerbation in children aged 2-6, according to a study published in the Journal of Asthma. “Previous research linking carbohydrates ingestion with asthma focused on children older than 6,” explained Jefferson Antonio Buendía, MD, MSc, PhD, and colleagues. The researchers conducted a cross-sectional study of children hospitalized for asthma exacerbation (N=228 cases). Asthma severity was dose-dependently linked with protein and carbohydrate-rich foods. “Our results were adjusted by other known risk factors such as smoking, atopy, and reactive C protein,” Dr. Buendía noted. “This evidence should motivate the development of public health policies to control the consumption of sugar-rich products in children younger than 6.”